Miss Universe PH representatives: Where are they now?

Alexa Villano
Miss Universe PH representatives: Where are they now?
Rappler compiles some information on past Miss Universe Philippines title holders to see what they have been doing after life as a beauty queen

MANILA, Philippines – In the pageant world, the Philippines’ representative to the Miss Universe pageant has been a topic among fans. But a year after her reign, what’s next for a former Miss Universe Philippines title holder?

Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz became an accomplished actress. Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran had her own show and later focused on business and marketing, her advocacies for Mindanao, and being president of Ballet Philippines. (READ: Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran look back on Miss Universe experiences)

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is set to crown her successor on January 30, but already has a string of projects, including a guesting on Asia’s Next Top Model cycle 5.

Rappler compiled some information on past Miss Universe Philippines title holders to see what they have been doing after life as a beauty queen.


1. Pilar Pilapil (1967)

ACCOMPLISHED ACTRESS. Pilar Pilapil in a scene from last year's 'Pangako Sa 'Yo.' Screengrab from YouTube/ABS-CBN Entertainment


Pilar Pilapil represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe 1967 held in Miami Beach, Florida. She became one of the country’s top actresses and continued to be active in TV and movies.

In April 2011, the actress was stabbed by unknown men in Marikina but survived the attack. She has released a book entitled, The Woman Without a Face: The Life Story of Pilar Pilapil and has established the Pilar Pilapil Foundation, dedicated to abused women. She teaches acting to aspiring actors via the PIlar Pilapil Production and Performing Arts Academy.


2. Maria Isabel Lopez (1982)

CONTROVERSIAL PH REP. Actress Maria Isabel Lopez poses during a photo call for the film 'Ma'Rosa' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France in 2016. Photo by Loic Venance/ AFP    

Maria Isabel Lopez was the country’s representative to the Miss Universe in Peru back in 1982. Her reign as Miss Philippines Universe became very controversial, when it was discovered that she was a Gerard Peters model, or a model of sexy lingerie. It was reported that she was asked to resign, but she was able to keep her title and still represented the country in Peru.

Maribel, as she is known, also starred in a number of sexy films after her stint as a beauty queen. She is still active in showbiz and does painting and arts in her spare time. 




3. Charlene Gonzales (1994)

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In 1994, Charlene Gonzales represented the Philippines in the 1994 Miss Universe pageant in the country. She won Best in National Costume and was part of the Top 6. 

During the question and answer portion, Charlene was asked about how many islands the country is composed of.

“High tide or low tide?” she asked. It later became one of the most memorable Miss Universe answers.

After her reign as Miss Universe Philippines, Charlene entered showbiz and did TV hosting and movies. She is married to actor Aga Muhlach, with whom she has twins Andres and Atasha.

Done!!!! 21 for @itsmecharleneg my love 10 for me!!!  #milomarathon #fortsanti #pukernation

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Charlene recently expressed support for the country’s bet, Maxine Medina, saying that she is already a winner for the Filipino people. (READ: Charlene Gonzalez to Maxine Medina: ‘You are already a winner to us’)


4. Miriam Quiambao (1999)

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In 1999, the universe took notice of Miriam Quiambao when she accidentally slipped during the preliminary competition. She went on to become part of the top finalists in the pageant held in Trinidad and Tobago and emerged as 1st runner-up.

After her stint as a beauty queen, Miriam entered showbiz, hosting shows such as Extra Challenge with Paolo Bediones and even did movies. She married Italian businessman Claudio Rondinelli in 2004 but they divorced. She is now married to entrepreneur and author Eduardo Roberto Jr.


5. Bianca Pamela Manalo (2009)

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Bianca Manalo represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant in the Bahamas in 2009.

After her stint as Miss Universe Philippines, Bianca entered showbiz, starring in shows such as Juanita Banana, Aryana, On The Wings of Love, and My Super D. She also does modeling on the side.

Bianca is currently in a relatonship with Brazilian-Japanese actor and model Fabio Ide. 



6. Maria Venus Raj (2010)

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The year 2010 is a “major major” turning point for the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant courtesy of Venus Raj. The Filipino-Indian beauty almost did not represent the country in the pageant in US, when she had problems with getting a Philippine passport. After ironing out the issue, she flew to Las Vegas, and became one of the candidates to watch out for. She emerged as 4th runner-up, with Ximena Navarrete of Mexico winning the title.

Venus has since been active in modeling. She went back to school for her master’s degree and has been doing hosting jobs.  She is set to be the backstage host for Chi Lounge in the Miss Universe pageant during coronation night.



8. Shamcey Supsup (2011)

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Shamcey Supsup was 3rd runner-up during the 2011 Miss Universe pageant held in San Paulo, Brazil, where Angola’s Leila Lopes won the title.

After her reign as Miss Philippines Universe, Shamcey went back to being an architect. She is doing some TV hosting and corporate events. She is also a fashion model.


Shamcey hosting the Queen of the Universe event with Bobby Yan and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


She is married to businessman Lloyd Lee, with whom she has daughter Nyke. They run the Pedro ‘N Coi restaurant.


9. Janine Tugonon (2012)

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In 2012, Janine Tugonon came close to winning the country’s 3rd crown but was beaten by Miss USA Olivia Culpo. After her reign as Miss Universe Philippines, Janine went to the US to try her luck in modeling. She lived in California, before moving to New York last year. She was recently in the headlines for scoring an advertisment for Victoria’s Secret Pink and a calendar modeling gig with Nu Muses




10. Ariella Arida (2013)

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Ariella “Ara” Arida competed in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, where she placed 3rd runner-up in Moscow. She is currently hosting Wowowin with Willie Revillame and modeling for ramp, commercial, and print.


First time to tie my hair on the show, try lang! Kita kita tayo mamaya 5-6:30pm sa Wowowin!!  #wowowin

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11. Mary Jean Lastimosa (2014)

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Before Pia Wurtzbach, it was Mary Jean Lastimosa who proved that third time’s the charm to join the pageant. She went on to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant in Doral, Miami, where she emerged as part of the Top 10 finalists.

After her stint as Miss Universe Philippines, MJ entered showbiz, and appeared in a number of shows, such as her life story in Maalaala Mo Kaya and All of Me. She also did corporate hostings for brands such as PLDT and Smart. 


– Rappler.com


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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.